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Tesla Motors (TSLA +1.5%) plans to unveil its luxury SUV crossover Model X tonight in its L.A....

Tesla Motors (TSLA +1.5%) plans to unveil its luxury SUV crossover Model X tonight in its L.A. design studio. Whether or not the new model scores a hit with consumers, Edmunds editor John O'Dell questions the automaker's long term success as a producer of only electric vehicles. He notes that to succeed Tesla will have to "become a permanent partner of someone else or part of someone else — the electric car arm of XYZ — or it's going to have to find a market selling its expertise."
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  • Conventional Wisdumb
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    Why keep subsidizing the lifestyles of the rich?

     

    "the $109,000 Roadster — but its bread and butter will increasingly be in lower-price vehicles, parts and tech expertise.

     

    The Palo Alto, Calif., startup is set to unveil its luxury SUV crossover Model X on Thursday in Los Angeles. Its price is seen in roughly the same ballpark as the $57,400 Model S sedan starting deliveries in July."

     

    I still can't believe these vehicles get a $7500 tax credit. If you can afford to buy one, you can afford to buy one. Corporate welfare irritates me whatever form it takes.
    9 Feb 2012, 03:51 PM Reply Like
  • gtabmx
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    There are tax breaks / subsidies / cuts / special accounting procedures for oil companies, etc, etc. Keep whining.
    9 Feb 2012, 04:11 PM Reply Like
  • Conventional Wisdumb
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    gta,

     

    Screw off dude. I would be happy to see them all go away.

     

    What part of "Corporate welfare irritates me whatever form it takes", did you not understand?

     

    You can't be clueless enough to think that "he did so I did it" defense justifies paying off the rich so they can underwrite their lifestyles.

     

    I don't know any middle-class Americans that can afford to spend $100k on 2 seater sports car.

     

    Stop protecting the rich and connected and open your eyes.
    9 Feb 2012, 04:23 PM Reply Like
  • gtabmx
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    I would also love all corporate welfare to vanish. From my end, it seemed that you were attacking Tesla while turning a blind eye to the rest. They shouldn't get a tax credit, but unfortunately, in this they and age, they need one in order to be competitive. Tesla isn't using the tax credit to make their cars seem cheaper, its using the tax credit to _relative_ to the alternative. I agree with you, it sucks. As for the Model S, some middle class can afford it.

     

    -Mike
    10 Feb 2012, 09:13 PM Reply Like
  • JIKOO
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    Tesla model - X is a beautiful crossover SUV. They provide very
    good warranties and maintainance package. It's worth it.
    11 Feb 2012, 02:56 AM Reply Like
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